ban·​tam·​weight | \ ˈban-təm-ˌwāt How to pronounce bantamweight (audio) \

Definition of bantamweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, flyweight

Examples of bantamweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pound for Pound case could also be made for bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue and heavyweight champs Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury. Anthony Stitt, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Aljamain Sterling became the undisputed bantamweight champion by defending his belt against Petr Yan. Mark Long, ajc, 10 Apr. 2022 The co-main event features UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) defending his belt against Petr Yan (16-2). Mark Heim |, al, 9 Apr. 2022 Dominick Cruz and Jose Aldo are finally in the same weight class at bantamweight. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Sterling had no plans for a trilogy fight with Yan, instead calling out former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw for his next bout. Mark Long, ajc, 10 Apr. 2022 Mark Magsayo, who recently upset Gary Russell Jr., will defend his featherweight title against former super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas, on July 9 in San Antonio. Matt Young, Chron, 15 Mar. 2022 So how does the joy of winning Celebrity Big Brother compare to winning the mixed martial ats bantamweight championship? Dalton Ross,, 24 Feb. 2022 Rodriguez will step in as a late replacement to face Carlos Cuadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBC junior bantamweight title Saturday night at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bantamweight

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Bantamweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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